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A lovely year-round climate, 7,000 years of history and an affection for the British

Malta is a very tiny island, bless it, but they don't make diamonds the size of bricks. History lovers will be in their element here discovering man-made structures older than the Egyptian pyramids or exploring medieval dungeons and the more than 300 monuments in Valletta, Malta's historic 17th century capital. Take a dip in the shimmering Blue Lagoon on the tiny island of Comino, walk in the footsteps of the Knights of St John or wander the ornate grounds of the San Anton and Verdala Palaces. The sparkling isle of Gozo is just a short boat hop away too, where you'll find excellent wreck diving. However, if you'd rather stay above water then we recommend the fish platter and a glass of chilled Chenin Blanc, nicely rounded off with a sea view from the terrace and another superlative sunset.

Things to do

Enjoy the balmy weather of Malta on one of our all-inclusive hotel breaks as you stay and relax on some of the island's best beaches. Explore a whole host of natural and man-made sights, from the caverns of the Blue Grotto to 5,000-year-old underground necropolises, and megalithic temple complexes. Due to Malta's geographical position it has been of great strategic significance over the centuries and is dotted with forts, defensive walls and towers, as well as an excellent National War Museum. Walking tours take in the islands many sights, while on our special interest escorted tours you can discover hidden walled gardens, the artistic treasures of Caravaggio and much more besides.

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Enjoy a great value half-board stay at this hotel with its excellent facilities and stunning views across Salina Bay.

Enjoy excellent facilities, stunning views across Salina Bay and the chance to explore historic Valletta during your stay at this newly-renovated hotel.

Discover a fresh new look and fantastic value at this friendly seafront hotel

Hotel Fortina QQQQ

Stay and Relax

Explore bustling Sliema and discover the UNESCO-listed Valletta from the well-located Hotel Fortina, set on a seafront promenade with views across the bay.

Diplomat Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

Situated by a roadside promenade in a popular area and close to lively St Julian's, the Diplomat hotel provides a good base from which to enjoy a pleasant stroll, explore the local shops and restaurants, or visit the historic city of Valletta.

Enjoy an excellent start to your holiday with a special upgraded package at the Salina Bay.

Opt for a special upgraded package at this friendly seafront hotel

Discover the natural splendours of Malta on this exhilarating walking holiday.

Islands of Antiquity

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Discover the rich and turbulent history of Malta, Gozo and Comino, which together have the greatest density of historic sites of any country on earth, on this island hopping tour.

Escape to the locally rated 5-star Fortina Spa Resort, part of the Fortina Resort Complex, where you can relax, indulge in delicious cuisine from various corners of the world.

Head to the balmy Mediterranean island of Malta to admire a diverse range of art, including Roman mosaics, Byzantine frescoes and Caravaggio's masterpieces.

Explore the unique gardens and see diverse flowers in bloom during this spring time garden-themed holiday in Malta.

Explore Malta’s intriguing archaeological past, tracing the island’s history from prehistoric times to Roman rule, and exploring prehistoric sites, museums and medieval monuments.

Discover the rich and turbulent history of Malta, Gozo and Comino, which together have the greatest density of historic sites of any country on earth, on this island hopping tour.

Opt for a special upgraded package at the Fortina Spa Resort, which sits on the Sliema waterfront and offers great views, delicious cuisine and Malta's largest spa.

Experience the essence of the Mediterranean on this rewarding cruise around its eastern shores…

Cross the Mediterranean, pausing in Gibraltar and Malta, on this voyage to the Black Sea, revealing some of eastern Europe's most colourful ports.

From Croatia's elegant capital, Dubrovnik, to the charming islands of Santorini, Malta and Minorca, this relaxing cruise takes you to some equally relaxing destinations.

Experience the Adriatic's enthralling heritage and enchanting Venice on this epic voyage aboard Boudicca.

Discover the charms of Gibraltar and Malta before heading to the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe, exploring Varna, Constanta and Odessa, and ending up on Russian shores. Enjoy an overnight stay in Turkey's capital, with a grand finale in Iberia.

Cruise along the stunning shores of Croatia, soaking up the history and culture of some of its most fascinating cities. Enjoy two days in the timeless city of Venice and explore vibrant ports in Spain, Sardinia, Portugal and more.

Discover la dolce vita on this cruise that traces Italy's stunning west coast to Sicily, and also calls at Corsica and Malta.

Combine a three-night hotel stay in Viarreggio, with included visits to Florence and the Cinque Terre, with a cruise around the Italian Peninsula, visiting such sites as Sorrento, Sicily, Malta, Kotor and Dubrovnik.

Cruise along the stunning shores of Croatia, soaking up the history and culture of some of its most fascinating cities. Enjoy an overnight stay in the timeless city of Venice and explore vibrant ports in Spain, Sardinia, Slovenia and more.

Combine a classic Mediterranean cruise with the festive magic of Christmas aboard Saga Sapphire…

Cruise to a region where ancient civilisations have left an indelible impression, such as the Greek and Minoan ruins in Greece, Roman villas of Malta and Etruscan relics in Italy.

Celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style on this wonderful cruise around the Iberian Peninsula and Italy.

From Malta and Cyprus, to the Dodecanese and Cyclades, enjoy discovering one sun-kissed island after another on this month-long voyage…

Enjoy overnight stays in Valletta and Venice as well as visit the tiny island of Gozo on this Mediterranean voyage.

This voyage aboard Saga Sapphire takes in the best of the Med – from the eye-catching architecture of Valencia, to the ancient ruins of Carthage.

Trace the course of the ancient Spice Route visiting historic ports from Singapore to Sri Lanka. Continue to the Cradle of Civilization to see the ancient sites of Luxor and Petra, discover the island charms of Malta and Gibraltar, and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Portugal's capital.

Join this springtime cruise to the Adriatic and discover a host of historic cities and idyllic islands…

Sydney to London

Cruise World

Your adventure from the Southern Hemisphere gets underway from Australia's most cosmopolitan city, Sydney. Discover the beauty of the Indonesian islands before cruising to some of Asia's most intriguing destinations. Finally, delve into the past as Magellan visits a string of ancient ports in the Mediterranean.

A Grand Voyage

Cruise World

Set sail on this cruise of a lifetime as the graceful Magellan makes her maiden voyage around the world, visiting no less than 42 ports.

Cross three oceans and visit six continents with new discoveries to make every day, from lost cities in Peru to serene sounds in New Zealand, sparkling skyscrapers in Singapore to ancient ruins on the edge of the Red Sea.

Language

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Malta has dual official languages, Maltese and English, giving it a real home-from-home feel.

The Maltese speak a unique language, Malti, written in Latin characters – it incorporates many words derived from English, Italian and French. Italian is also widely spoken in Malta.

Tipping

While tipping is not obligatory, it is best to follow what the locals do, which is usually to leave a 10% gratuity.

Population and size

Malta’s population currently stands at 422,128. The Maltese archipelago includes the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino, as well as the uninhabited, and little known islands of Comminotto and Filfla.

Malta is situated in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.

At a tiny 316 square kilometers (smaller than the Isle of Wight), it is one of the world’s tiniest countries, closely followed by the Maldives. So at approximately 17 miles long and eight miles wide, if you’re a good hiker, you could walk the length in less than a day!

Currency

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The euro replaced the lira as the official currency of Malta in 2008.

Culture

Malta is a deeply religious country, with more than 98% of the population being Roman Catholic. Indeed, the island has 365 churches – one for every day of the year!

Honey is one of Malta's most treasured products, so much so that the name Malta means ‘honey’ translated from its earliest Roman title – you won’t be able to resist a taste along, perhaps, with sampling Maltese olive oil and a slosh of local wine.

Despite its size, Malta attracts international film productions from around the world. Since 1925 when the first film was shot in Malta (Sons of the Sea), Malta has been the setting for more than 100 feature films and dramas, including The Da Vinci Code, Troy, Gladiator and more recently Game of Thrones.

Malta's history is still evident today, and dates back as far as the Neolithic period: many temples are scattered around the island and Ggantija in Gozo is said to be one of the oldest surviving, free-standing monuments in the world, predating Stonehenge by around 1,000 years! Thanks to their strategic position in the Med, the Maltese islands have played a crucial role in the making of history too, including the wars between Rome and Carthage, the Second World War and the Cold War, but it was perhaps the period of the Crusades which left the biggest impression: when the Knights Hospitaller of St John were driven out of Rhodes and handed Malta by Charles V, they bequeathed palaces, forts, cathedrals, an abundance of art and, of course, the Maltese Cross itself.

Phrases

English and Maltese are both official languages and nearly everybody in Malta speaks English. Even so, here are some helpful words if you fancy trying out the local lingo…

Hello - Hello (that’s easy enough!)

Goodbye - Saħħa (SAH-ha)

Please - Jekk jogħġbok (yek YOH-jbok)

Thank you - Grazzi (GRUTS-ee)

Yes - Iva (Eve-a)

No - Le (Le)

Timezone

Malta is one hour ahead of GMT, so no need to worry about jet lag.

Electricity

Most British appliances can be used without an adaptor, as sockets tend to be the standard rectangular pin you’ll find at home. That’s one less thing to pack!

Climate

Malta enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters.

In the summer months, you can bask in 12 hours of glorious sunshine and a pleasant 5 or 6 hours in the winter.

During the winter, temperatures will stay in the region of 16°C (60 °F) – considerably warmer than our chilly British weather.

In summer, temperatures will peak at around 30°C (86°F).

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

For stays of up to three months your passport should be valid for the planned duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

British nationals do not need a visa to visit Malta.

It’s a good idea to take a photocopy of your passport showing your passport number and photograph. Bring this with you on holiday, but keep it in a different place from your passport, just in case it gets lost or stolen.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in any enclosed private or public premises, including bars and pubs, cafes and restaurants, public transport, cinemas, theatres and hospitals.

However, many establishments offer an outside seating option for smokers.

Smoking is also prohibited in the common areas in hotels. It is advisable to check with your hotel about its smoking policy before you book.

Flight time

A flight from London to Luqa takes approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes.



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